Pediatric Laceration Repair Questions and Answers
Cuts and lacerations are a fact of life for kids. Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care provides laceration repair treatment for kids through our walk-in, urgent care without the need to book an appointment. Click here to find a location near you or call us for more information.
At Night Lite Pediatrics, we understand how stressful it can be when your child is hurt. Unfortunately, these events tend to occur when your doctor’s office is closed. Whether they sustain a fracture on the playground or injure themselves with an everyday object in your home, our expert pediatricians are here to help. We provide comprehensive treatments for pediatric injuries, including lacerations and fractures at convenient locations throughout the state of Florida.
As an alternative to the emergency room, all of our services are available to families on a walk-in basis, seven days a week. You can find the high-quality health care services your child or young adult deserves if they need to see a doctor.
At NLP, we understand the unique needs of children and strive to offer efficient, stress-free and high-quality care in an environment that is conducive to the well-being of your child.
Lacerations occur commonly and may require treatment. We provide necessary treatment with stitches, glue (Dermabond), special bandaging or staples for your child’s lacerations to help them heal as quickly as possible.
Children are at a higher risk of sustaining fractures to the upper and lower extremity bones because of the mineral density and increased growth flexibility. Because children’s bones and growth plates are still developing, it is essential to make sure any fractures are appropriately set to allow for normal development and growth. There are many different types of fractures, ranging in presentation and severity. If your child has fallen or otherwise hurt themselves and you notice excessive pain or swelling, bruising, or an obvious deformity, these may be indicators that your child has sustained a fracture. Your child should also see a pediatrician if you notice they are unable to move or use the injured area as they would normally.
At Night Lite Pediatrics, we provide onsite digital x-ray services at all of our locations, so you and your child can receive the answers you need as quickly as possible and leave our office with the most effective treatment plan. We can provide you with digital copies of the X-Ray thus decreasing the need for multiple exposures to radiation, and we can refer your child to appropriate specialists when necessary.
What is a pediatric laceration repair?
A laceration is an opening in the skin, such as a cut or a tear, that is usually the result of an injury. Lacerations can vary in severity from small minor surface cuts that may result in a small amount of bleeding, to severe or large cuts that can go deep through the layers of skin or be extensive in length. Minor lacerations can typically be treated at home by cleaning the wound with a gentle, mild soap and warm water. Once the wound has been cleaned, it will need to be patted dry using a clean towel and can then be bandaged if it is still bleeding. If the wound isn’t bleeding, or once the bleeding has stopped, usually after a few minutes, then the wound can be left open to the air to encourage healing. Moderate to severe wounds that go deeper below the surface and bleed more extensively, or that are more difficult to clean, should be treated by a doctor. The doctor will ensure the wound is properly and thoroughly cleaned to avoid an infection and then they will bandage it up. Wounds that are deep or large can require assistance with the repair, in the form of stitches or sutures to bring the edges of the wound back together and allow it to heal properly and stay clean. Night Lite Pediatric Urgent Care can provide proper cleaning and bandaging to wounds of all sizes, as well as stitches when needed, in order to repair lacerations and minimize the amount of scarring.
How do doctors treat lacerations?
Doctors treat lacerations by first assessing the extent of the cut or tear to understand how deep it goes, therefore how severe the wound is, and then deciding what the right form of treatment should be. Small or minor lacerations can be treated by making sure the wound is thoroughly cleaned out, and then placing a bandage over top of it to keep it clean and protected while it starts to heal. Lacerations that cut deeper, are on the face, are more than half an inch long or are heavily bleeding may require medical assistance in the form of stitches, or sutures, in order to start the healing process. Stitches are made from a special type of thread that can either dissolve on their own into the body after a certain amount of time, or need to be carefully removed once the laceration has healed enough for the skin to stay together without the assistance of the sutures. In some cases, Steri-Strips can be used to provide the same function as stitches, but in the form of a type of adhesive bandage that gets applied on top of the wound. Deeper wounds should also be cleaned out by a medical professional to ensure that they are cleaned deep inside where bacteria can hide and infections can form if not properly flushed out. At Night Lite Pediatric Urgent Care, we will use the most appropriate treatment method for your child in order to allow the wound to heal properly and remain clean during the healing process to avoid infection. Our doctors will let you know any necessary instructions for keeping the wound clean, as well as the proper care for any stitches that may have been placed in the wound.
How long does laceration take to heal?
Healing time for any wound is going to be dependent on several factors. Everyone has their own speed at which their body heals and this will change over the course of a person’s life. In kids, wounds tend to heal much faster due to their body’s natural healing process. As people get older, healing time increases. The size of the wound and the severity of it will be the largest factors in how long it takes for the wound to fully heal. In the case of minor surface wounds, they can heal in a matter of days, although there might still be a visible mark that slowly fades over the course of a few weeks. Deeper and more severe lacerations that require stitches and medical interventions take much longer to heal, taking several weeks to months to heal properly. Even then, the wound may leave a mark that can fade over time, or it may leave a scar on the skin, which is a permanent mark of the injury, although eventually that will fade to more or less blend in with the surrounding skin. Your doctor at Night Lite Pediatric Urgent Care can provide you with a rough timeline for the healing of your child’s wound, based on the location and severity of it. They will also let you know of any special care instructions in order to speed up the healing process.